Three ‘Hidden Treasures’ unearthed in Bingara

November 9, 2011

Three Bingara women are among 11 women from the Northern Tablelands named on the 2011 Hidden Treasures Honour Roll acknowledging the important role of volunteers in rural and regional communities.

Member for Northern Tablelands Richard Torbay congratulated the Northern Tablelands Hidden Treasures paying tribute to the unpaid work they undertake to make a huge difference in many lives.  

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of rural and regional communities and their unpaid contributions measure in the thousands of hours, that level of contribution is astounding,” Mr Torbay said.  “It is pleasing the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll provides an opportunity to pay tribute to women in our community who volunteer their time.  “I congratulate and thank each of the 11 Northern Tablelands Hidden Treasures.”

The three 2011 Hidden Treasures from Bingara are:

Lynn Baker
Lynn has been a member of the Rural Fire Service since 1994 and is currently the captain of the Bingara Brigade. She is also involved in helping the Service with its Community Education Programs.  Lynn is an active member of the Bingara community and very supportive of younger members growing through their involvement in the Service and is always willing to mentor and help them as needed.

Marilyn Dixon
Marilyn (known as Mash) has given her time freely over the years to ensure that any community event is catered for and able to go ahead. Mash is both a school Patron and a committed supporter of the local P and C and was awarded the Gwydir School’s Education Week Award for her long-term tireless contribution to the Bingara Central School P and C. Mash has also made a massive contribution to the Bingara Pony Club over many decades and is now a life member of the Bingara Pony Club.

Mash’s contributions over time are immeasurable and are the foundation of what keeps small communities rolling and able to continue with community minded social programs. Examples of community organizations where Mash has volunteered her time and energy include; being a supporter of the Bingara Lions Club activities, Bingara Swimming Club, Minor and Senior League, Ladies Auxiliary and Bingara and District Cancer Support Group and many other local fundraising.

Brenda Pankhurst
Brenda is a valuable community member who uses a significant amount of her free time to contribute to the community and town, and has done so for decades.

Her long list of community involvement includes volunteering for the St. Mary’s Parish of Bingara for more than 40 years while raising four children and assisting her husband (Peter) on the farm. She has been President, Secretary and Treasurer of the  P&F Committee and Catering Office. Brenda also contributes to the annual Parish Fete.

A few years ago Brenda was invited by the P&C Association to become a patron of the Bingara Central School in recognition of her many years of support given to the school and the community.

Brenda has been the hostess of the Bingara and Willoughby Exchange Program welcoming and entertaining many students during their visit to the community. She was also intrumental in fundraising for Bingara’s aged care facility, Touriandi Lodge, and has at one stage held the position of Chairperson. She is, at present, the Chairperson of Friends of Touriandi.

Once a junior member of the Bingara Pony Club, Brenda has been an active member ever since, helping out in numerous ways.

She has also played an active role in the Bingara Show Society for the past 20 years, catering for judges, stewards and gate personnel during the Annual Show, and has been an active member of the Bingara Girl Guides.

Congratulations to all three ladies.